Have you been trying to eat healthy? Is salad your new mantra for a scrumptious lunch? Well, a good salad can actually make you forget all about bingeing on junk food. With a mix of seasonal greens and fresh fruits, and a whole bunch of herbs, spices and other interesting ingredients, you can turn salads into the best meal of your day. Besides, what better way to get your much needed dose of essential nutrients and antioxidants than tossing up homemade salads?
As much as some may like salads, making one everyday may seem like a lot of effort, especially when it comes to whipping up fun salad dressings to spruce up the greens. The truth is that it's not really a tedious task. You only need to get a handful of ingredients and a keep aside a few minutes to do the job. The best part is that you can also stock them up in jars and store them in the refrigerator overnight or for two days.
If you are really short on time or simple lazy, here are four quick salad dressing recipes to keep handy:
1. Balsamic Vinaigrette
One of the classic salad dressings, balsamic vinaigrette is the easiest way to make your greens more delicious. It's really very simple to do.
How to make: Fill a jar with three parts olive oil and one part balsamic vinegar, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Close the lid and shake well till it blends completely. Use a spoon of two in your salad and enjoy. It goes well with rocket leaves, roast chicken and tarty fruits.
2. Quick Ranch dressing
An old-time favourite, this creamy dressing with a little punch can instantly transform your plate of salad. After all, who doesn't like mayonnaise and mustard?
How to make: Take two tablespoons mayo, one teaspoon Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. You can also add one tablespoon vinegar and a few sprigs of parsley, if available. Whip well and use to dress your smoked chicken or seafood salad.
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3. Yoghurt dressing
If you like to stay away from mayo or cheese, then make a delicious yoghurt dressing.
How to make: Take half a cup Greek yoghurt or hung curd, 3-4 cloves chopped garlic, a few sprigs dill and a tablespoon of olive oil. Whip well and use in your greens, such as beans, carrots, peas, sprouts and potatoes.
4. Lemon and honey dressing
This dressing teams well with all sorts of salads with its sweet and sour notes.
How to make: In a jar, mix quarter cup olive oil, one tablespoon lemon juice, one tablespoon honey and salt and pepper to taste. Close the lid and shake well. Drizzle on citrus salads and other fruity salads.
With these easy recipes, you will find more reasons to stick to salads. Enjoy!